Camera Trap

CAMERA TRAP

 
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OBSESSIon

In this half-hour documentary, aspiring wildlife photographer Peter Mather puts everything on the line in his quest to get one defining photograph to tell the story of the Porcupine caribou herd and inspire people to save the greatest land migration on earth. 

 
 
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The Caribou

 

The Porcupine Caribou herd is one of the largest caribou herds in North America but its future is uncertain. Climate change, industrial development, national and international political posturing and a rapidly changing north are all putting the herd and its home range at risk. The Gwich'in people who have relied on the herd for generations also see their future hanging in the balance and they need the rest of the world to notice.

For generations the Gwich’in have relied on the caribou for their survival. Now its the caribou who need the Gwich’in to save them.
— Peter Mather
 
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Connection

 

Peter Mather is a teacher who started his career in the tiny northern community of Old Crow. It was there he developed a passion for the plight of the caribou and the people whose culture is tied to them. An aspiring wilderness photographer, Peter sets out on a quest to document the herd, its migrations, and the role it plays in communities across the north. But he needs one epic shot - the one that will capture the significance of the herd and inspire others to protect it.

 
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Journey

Camera Trap is an intimate portrait of Peter, exploring what is behind his obsession with protecting the Porcupine herd and the lengths he will go to get the perfect shot.

 
 

SHARED PASSION

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Marty O'Brien: Filmmaker

After gaining industry experience and shooting for a range of production companies in Melbourne, Australia, Marty relocated to the wilds of Canada’s Yukon to pursue his true passion for advocacy through storytelling. For the past three years he has documented Peter's quest for the ultimate caribou photo.

Marty is the co-founder of Midnight Light Media with his partner, Naomi Mark. Camera Trap is his first documentary film.

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KElly Milner: Producer

Kelly started her career as a journalist, but got lost in the wilderness of northern wildlife co-management and has worked on a variety of caribou conservation initiatives. After almost two decades of writing briefing notes and project reports she decided to get back to her storytelling roots and launched Shot in the Dark Productions as a way to bring her two worlds together. 

Her first documentary, SHIFT, has won several awards including People's Choice at the 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival.